Following a month-long nomination process, the MNN editorial team faced the difficult task of combing through the submissions to finalise a shortlist.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate. Nominations came from the companies themselves, as well as analysts, corporate advisors, investors and the judges.
We were impressed with the calibre of the nominations, which made the task of narrowing them down all the more difficult.
After robust discussion and debate, the final nominees are:
Explorer of the Year, sponsored by DDH1 Drilling
Bellevue Gold for the Bellevue Gold project in WA
Liontown Resources for the Kathleen Valley lithium project in WA
Adriatic Metals for the Rupice polymetallic project in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Red 5 for the King of the Hills gold project in WA
Deal and/or Merger of the Year, sponsored by Steinepreis Paganin
Northern Star Resources for the acquisition of the Pogo gold mine in Alaska
Galena Mining for the sale of up to 40% of the Abra base metals project to Toho Zinc
Silver Lake Resources and Doray Minerals' merger of equals
Nickel Mines' initial public offering
CEO of the Year
Mark Zeptner of Ramelius Resources
Raleigh Finlayson of Saracen Mineral Holdings
Michael O'Keeffe of Champion Iron
Elizabeth Gaines of Fortescue Metals Group
New and/or Emerging Leader of the Year, sponsored by Primero Group
David Southam of Mincor Resources
Paul Adams of Spectrum Metals
AJ Saverimutto of Venturex Resources
John Lamb of Myanmar Metals
Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling each of the nominees which will shed some light on the rationale for their inclusion as finalists.
During that time, our judging panel will deliberate and choose a winner in each category.
The winners will be announced later in July.